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The Student
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My aunt lost a little bit of weight and when I complimented her, she complained about her belly pouch consisting of flabby skin and some fat. She was told by a cosmetic surgeon that she can only fixed that with surgery.

I know that it's not true. She had only done cardio and never has touched a weight. So I'm curious. How can we help her? Can we get rid of her skin pouch?

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JonEightPackGuy
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Elaikases
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The Student wrote:
My aunt lost a little bit of weight and when I complimented her, she complained about her belly pouch consisting of flabby skin and some fat. She was told by a cosmetic surgeon that she can only fixed that with surgery.

I know that it's not true. She had only done cardio and never has touched a weight. So I'm curious. How can we help her? Can we get rid of her skin pouch?



Nope. If she gets her bodyfat down to about 8-9%, the pouch will go away. It is basically skin lined with fat, but when the fat goes the skin will firm up. The problem is that you have to get the fat gone. You can talk with surgeons who do the removal work, it is always fat + skin.

You can also talk with people who have dieted down to the low bodyfat numbers (lower for guys than for females losing weight) and the pouch goes away once the weight gets low enough.

Just FYI.

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_karma_
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There's a bunch of factors involved in how much her skin can shrink that haven't been addressed. How heavy is/was she? How long has she been so? How old is she? Does she smoke or tan? What's the rest of her skin look like (is she prone to stretchmarks or does her skin still have sufficient elastin)?

Sometimes, it's possible that the skin will shrink up and be unnoticeable. Or it might just hang there, empty and sacklike, no matter how lean she gets and surgery is her only option.

As for someone's AUNT getting to 8-9% BF.... sorry, but that just doesn't seem like a reasonable thing to suggest. Not may folks under 50 ever get that low, let alone someone over 50 (don't know the age of the Aunt but 50 seems like a reasonable guess).

As for how you help her.... just keep encouraging her to be healthy - eat right, don't smoke or tan, start some cardio and weight training. It's up to her to do the work, all you can actually do is the encouraging.

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B.L.U. Ninja
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Agree with JonEightpack. IF its a huge amount of bodyfat that was lost, only way to get the overhanging loose skin is through surgery.

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-mc-
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_karma_ wrote:
There's a bunch of factors involved in how much her skin can shrink that haven't been addressed. How heavy is/was she? How long has she been so? How old is she? Does she smoke or tan? What's the rest of her skin look like (is she prone to stretchmarks or does her skin still have sufficient elastin)?

Sometimes, it's possible that the skin will shrink up and be unnoticeable. Or it might just hang there, empty and sacklike, no matter how lean she gets and surgery is her only option.

As for someone's AUNT getting to 8-9% BF.... sorry, but that just doesn't seem like a reasonable thing to suggest. Not may folks under 50 ever get that low, let alone someone over 50 (don't know the age of the Aunt but 50 seems like a reasonable guess).

As for how you help her.... just keep encouraging her to be healthy - eat right, don't smoke or tan, start some cardio and weight training. It's up to her to do the work, all you can actually do is the encouraging.


agreed great points. not sure where the heck 8-9% came from
very few women get that low - even serious athletes (i'm not talking about figure competitiors)

women can see their abs nicely at 16% bf; men at 10% and ripped above 6.

Alas, as pointed out, there's a lot of work that goes into getting lean. Most surgeons postulate surgery not because of flabby skin, but because of a myth about the linea in the ab muscle being more or less shot.

Time needs to pass with lots of work - all relative to the great questions above. But sometimes just understanding what's going on in the body can help someone let go of wanting it to happen RIGHT NOW - so getting some sense of your aunt's journey so far as per questions above could help formulate a more useful reply.

it ain't too late!

mc
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The Student
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Thanks everyone. My aunt doesnt tan or smoke and she is in her mid 40's. She's been overweight for as long as I remember but she's nowhere near huge. She's had 5 kids and NO stretch marks! The rest of her skin is fine. If she exercises is strictly cardio. So she recently lost some noticable weight and when I complimented her she told me about her pouch. I just don't want her to get suckered in by some doc looking to make a buck.

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The Student wrote:
Thanks everyone. My aunt doesnt tan or smoke and she is in her mid 40's. She's been overweight for as long as I remember but she's nowhere near huge. She's had 5 kids and NO stretch marks! The rest of her skin is fine. If she exercises is strictly cardio. So she recently lost some noticable weight and when I complimented her she told me about her pouch. I just don't want her to get suckered in by some doc looking to make a buck.



good for you!
mc

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